6 Therapeutic Benefits of Humming
It was about 8 months ago when I first saw someone do it. I stared at them in awe as they looked so peaceful when they were humming random sounds. I decided to give it a whirl when I was home alone and I couldn’t help but feel a little uplifted after a minute or so. I just FELT more relaxed…calm…peaceful if you will. 

Now just like anything, if an action creates a positive outcome you are going to want to do it more. It started to become more of a routine for me. If I was feeling overwhelmed at home or work, my body just naturally sent me signals telling me it was time to hum. Pretty soon my shoulders weren’t as tense, my jaw would unclench, and other muscle groups (especially in the face) would relax.

I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter what note or how many notes you can hum in one breath - it all works the same! You can even hum one note with your eyes closed: a close resemblance to meditation.

So here they are…the therapeutic benefits of humming include:

1. Clears out the cobwebs from every corner of your brain.

2. Slows your breathing and thoughts down.

3. Activates the parasympathetic nervous system (triggers the relaxation response in your body).

4. Feel more peaceful on the inside. Humming helps to clear any restless or agitated energy you may be feeling on the inside.

5. Refreshes your thinking. Dissolves worry, racing thoughts, and anxiousness. When you are humming there is no room for worry or fear.

6. Helps to release stress and worry being held in and around your stomach area. Your stomach will start to un-clench, release and soften.

Are you bold enough to take the plunge, dust off the ol’ vocal chords and give it a whirl…or hum?

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About the Author

Erin Yasinski is a Registered Nurse specializing in Intensive/Critical Care. She is a firm believer and advocate for primary prevention in health. She encourages patients, families, and pretty much anyone who will listen, about the many benefits of living a clean, healthy, and conscious lifestyle. Living in Prince Edward Island, Erin enjoys any activity she can get her hands on but especially enjoys cycling, yoga, and running. In 2011, Erin started a blog 'Now is the Time' with hopes of helping one person! Feel free to check out her website at http://erinyasinski.blogspot.ca/